There are many a metal head out there that would argue that this week’s guest, Hank Shermann was responsible for changing the structure and the sound of metal as we know it!!
Forming his first band in Denmark, ‘Brats’ was a punk outfit that would be the first incarnation of what the world soon came to know as Mercyful Fate. With a release in 1980 called 1980, the band soon gained a significant following but as with many musicians, perfecting his craft and creating a unique sound was something that Hank Shermann strived for. As the momentum of the band increased so too did their heaviness and Brat’s label was none too pleased, discarding their Punk roots for a more Metal sound it left the band only one choice, to rename themselves Mercyful Fate.
From the bands inception, Hank and his band mate King Diamond spent enormous amounts of time in the studio. This earnest dedication resulted in endless amounts of demos recorded in the early years many of which appeared on the first eponymous EP. That time would also produce work for both of the albums ‘Melissa’ and
‘Don’t Break the Oath’, which would go on rock the very foundations of metal as we know it.
Within only four years of their initial existence Mercyful Fate packed a heavy punch and produced some of the finest metal in the observable universe, influencing Metallica, Slayer, Ghost and countless other bands worth their salt.
In spite of the unfortunate demise of the band in 1985, the band reformed in 1993 and immediately went on an incredibly prolific recording and touring period. During this time the band produced ‘In the Shadows’ 1993, ‘Time’ 1994, ‘Into the Unknown’ 1996, ‘Dead Again’ 1998 and ‘9’ in 1999. The band have been on hiatus since 1999.
Now the long awaited time has come. With a brand new Ep ‘Satan’s Tomb’ Denner/Shermann are back with a star-studded band. Satan’s tomb holds every last drop of the Mercyful Fate sound. The guys wanted to recreate the eighties sound and they have done just that. Tracks like ‘Satan’s Tomb’ and ‘New Gods’ are a clear reminder that these guys have still got it in spades and continue to create the very finest metal sounds.
Denner / Shermann
01. Satan’s Tomb
02. War Witch
03. New Gods
04. Seven Skulls
Live this Wednesday 4th November 2015, 8pm GMT on Totalrock radio